You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this update. (Here’s a hint: years.) As an organization nut, the thought of systematizing my Pinterest profile even further was magical. But unattainable. Think a unicorn. But that’s not a very good analogy, because unicorns weren’t added in a recent update. “Sections” were! So, based on that, we can logically assume the new Pinterest sections are better than unicorns. It’s quite a statement, but I won’t deny it.… Read More Yes, Pinterest Sub-Boards! How We Can Take Advantage of Them as Writers
Little compares to pure determination, especially in writing. I tap my foot restlessly as I wait for my “writing time” (which is typically between four and six in the evening), eager to let my fingertips click make-believe people, places, and thoughts into existence.
We’re amazing, aren’t we? We hold the power to create, destroy, and rebuild as we please. We can valiantly slay dragons, voice those opinions we were too afraid to say aloud, soar to utopias beyond our wildest dreams, win arguments we lost years ago, flawlessly get revenge on all the punks in the world, and all from the comfort of our local Starbucks.… Read More 5 Easy-as-Pie Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Writing Life
Questions just about every writer has asked him- or herself: Just how many words does it take to make a novel? Is there a certain word-count? And how do I know if my novel is too short/long? If you are that writer, here is a quick, simplistic post for you, based entirely on the research I’ve been doing lately. (Yes, I research word-counts. I swear I’m this cool in real life.)… Read More How Many Words Make a Novel?
you definitely need an ideal reader. There isn’t any going around it, so please don’t try. I’ve said this in many other posts before, but here it is again: don’t write a novel for a broad audience. Write with one person in mind (i.e. an ideal reader) to make it deeper and more personal… Read More Why You Need an Ideal Reader (& How to Find Yours)
Plan out your story, at least the bare basics like setting and main characters, writing down what you’ll need to research later on. Maybe keep a document on your phone, or a page in your journal. This, I believe, is the most effective way to avoid wasting your time on useless information.
But how can this be accomplished? Is there more to researching a novel than doing a quick Pinterest search and saving the good articles?… Read More The Most Efficient Ways to Research Historical Fiction
Do we want our dialogue to look believable? Of course. There’s nothing quite like reading a line of dialogue so stiff and fake that we can hardly imagine anyone actually saying it. But despite what some will tell you: you need to maintain a balance between realistic dialogue and fictitious dialogue.… Read More Writing Dialogue in Fiction – Everything You Need to Know
So here’s a post that speaks from my own experience as an unhealthy writer. Once I acknowledged that my habits were less than stellar, I took action, and now I’m writing more consistently and better than ever. So here is the secret to my success… Read More 5 Things Healthy Writers DON’T do – Taking Care of Yourself as a Writer
I’ve written about Pinterest story-boards a lot, and how much I enjoy making them. But all of those posts covered making boards for novels that already exist, or books you’d started planning beforehand. And it occurred to me: why not make a story-board for a story that hasn’t been written yet? That’s what we’re going over today: using story-boards to form stories out of nothing. Not only is this so much more fun than the other types of story-boards I’ve made, it’s a super-simple way to get yourself a new novel in less than an hour, and it could become a hobby or pastime because it’s so easy. So let’s get into it!… Read More How to Build a Story from Nothing Using Pinterest Story-Boards
…Which is why I’m sharing this good news with you: I am doing so much better on my novel now. In the past 2-3 days, I’ve written thousands of words! That’s a pretty darn big deal for me. So, for the first time in months, I’m on track again!
Right now, my goal is to have the novel released on Amazon in October 2017.
I think this calls for a cupcake. Later.
For now, I want to tell you how I became so productive. Because it’d be wrong of me to keep all of this success to myself, huh?
So here’s the basics of what I did to become more productive… Read More Sweet Tea and Rain – How I Became More Productive in My Writing
This is a rewrite of last year’s Plot Twist Ideas to Shock Your Reader. I referenced the original post for my own story (once my posts get old enough, I forget what I’d written 😉 ), but I didn’t find it very helpful. And thus, this rewrite was born!
Not everything in this post is necessarily a “plot twist” – some of them can just be referenced during your “Well, now what?” moments. Which is why I’ve sorted them from most to least drastic, so you can find just the right “twist” for your story!… Read More Even More Plot Twist Ideas to Shock Your Reader